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Growing Zucchini, also Courgette/Marrow, Summer squash

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
    S P P P            

(Best months for growing Zucchini in USA - Zone 5a regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays P = Sow seed

  • Grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 70°F and 95°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 20 - 35 inches apart
  • Harvest in 6-9 weeks. Cut the fruit often to keep producing.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Corn, beans, nasturtiums, parsley, Silverbeet, Tomatoes
  • Avoid growing close to: Potatoes

Your comments and tips

30 Dec 17, Kay Rooderkirk (New Zealand - temperate climate)
We are having the same problem with out courgettes, I have green and yellow planted. We are in the Wairarapa, they have been grown in the same ground with NO problem. They have been watered with liquid horse manure, planted in soil enriched with mushroom compost. The new leaves seem to be Ok at the moment. The air temperature has been hot and cold. Thank You
05 Feb 18, Quarteracre Kiwi (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Some of my zucchinis used to do this too. I find if they grow on the ground they are more susceptible to this, so I lay pea straw around the base of my zuccs, and under where the growing fruit lies. This has helped. Another thing that helps is not watering the plant from above, but only watering at the base, so I have drippers on mine. My best zuccs this year are in a planter box, and they hang over the side. I have propped the plant up, so the fruits hang down in mid air. They are doing great and I haven't had any rotten ones grow on this plant at all. Another thing to consider is whether they are unfertilised ones that grow a bit and then die. Pumpkins do this. Make sure the flowers are accessible to bees, and I wonder if that's why my propped up one is doing the best of all.
04 Dec 17, Robert (Australia - temperate climate)
I have 2 plants that are growing well, I have one zucchini that matured,but now the small fruit are turning yellow before the flowers open and fall off. Any advice please.
08 Dec 17, Fred (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Mix one cup of milk to 2 litters of water and put 2 cups of the mixture into the base of each plant. And you need to use this lime sprinkle two hand full around the base of the plant before watering.
08 Dec 17, Fred (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Dolomite lime. It's a good source of calcium. For some reason the link in my previous reply was deleted.
13 Dec 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
They don't post links.
05 Dec 17, Meg (Australia - temperate climate)
Mine are doing the same. From past experience I know that no fertilisation is taking place. Unfortunately the flowers are remaining closed so you can't even do it yourself!
07 Dec 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I posted here in the pumpkin section - the female flower only opens one day and is shut by mid afternoon. So the bees or you have a very limited time to pollinate the female flower. Zucchini pumpkin cucumbers are from the same family so maybe this applies to all these plants. If you don't have bees then you need to look each day to see when the female flower opens. It takes approx. 12 visits by a bee to pollinate a pumpkin female flower.
05 Dec 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Read through the comments here for zucchini, there are many about this problem.
22 Nov 17, Heather (Australia - temperate climate)
I have zucchini growing well but they are starting to go bad at the end where the flower is attached - this is when the flower has wilted but has not fallen off. Should I knock the flowers off when they have wilted?? many thanks for your advice
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I am growing a yellow zucchini variety, mulched and composted. Trying to be consistent with the water but it's hard in the stormy weather here in Bris. Plant looks healthy and happy and fruiting well, but none make it to edible size as they get squishy and brown at the flower end (Blossom end rot?), When I break them off and open there are maggots inside... Any experience and ideas to fix this issue, not the first year, or variety, I've had this problem, though the worst it's been.

- Cherie

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